Guidance on Managing the Poorly Performing Anaesthetist

The management of the poorly performing anaesthetist is governed by a complex set of arrangements. It is a very sensitive issue and there is considerable scope for the problem to be mishandled. This guidance document from the Royal College of Anaesthetists therefore summarises:

  • What is meant by poor performance and the terms used in Department of Health and GMC documents
  • Methods within departments of anaesthesia for preventing the performance of their members from falling below an acceptable standard
  • How Clinical Directors should proceed in the event of concerns arising about an anaesthetist’s performance
  • Objectives and procedures for managing the poorly performing anaesthetist.
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